Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Zaco Rioja 2006

Vina Zaco Rioja 2006

Varietal: Rioja
Region: Spain
Cost: $21

Dark color with aromas of crushed red berries, anise, and sandalwood.  Fruit, nut, and spice flavors in the mouth will pair well with meats, Mediterranean food, savory pasta dishes, and world class cheeses.

Recommendations: I have a confession to make, a mea culpa if you will.  I was a bad wine writer and drank a bottle of this several months before and dropped the ball by not writing about it.  That’s why I was so thrilled when the International Wine of the Month Club sent me a bottle to try out.  Redemption, thy name is wine.

I’ve always been a fan of dark wines, and the Vina Zaco Rioja is certainly that.  Crushed fruit on the nose lead into great flavors of dark fruit and spice that paired well with a dinner of slow cooked beef roast with potatoes, carrots, and onions in au jus.

As far as versatile wines go, this is certainly one to keep in mind.  It pairs well with a lot of different foods or is great just on its own.  It’s at a good price point (and I’ve often seen it on sale at stores), and even received a 90 point rating from Wine Spectator for those that put stock in those things.  The only problem you’ll have with this wine is deciding whether to enjoy it with food or by itself.  If only all decisions in life were so hard.

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A wine lover for as long as I can remember, I hope that my thoughts on wine can help others to make decisions on what they should drink as well.